A couple of months ago, I was watching a funeral scene on one of my favorite shows, Desperate Housewives. The man that died left behind a beautiful home, a beautiful family, a great career but he also unfortunately left behind a horrible reputation. Of all of the great things that he worked to build during his life, the things that he had not done were what left behind a lasting impression. So I started thinking, if I were to die, what would be said in my eulogy? And while I could think of a few nice things, nothing came to mind that was truly impactful or really demonstrated how much I want to make a difference in this world. As I was thinking about it, I realized that the sole reason behind this was nothing other than fear. For a huge part of my life, I was so crippled by fear (mostly fear of failure brought on by rejection and past defeat) that the mere thought of taking a risk and trying something new literally sent shudders down my spine. It was terrifying to me. So instead of having a full life, I merely skated through life too afraid to make a really meaningful contribution to society or to the Kingdom of God. From the eye-opening moment that I realized that the speaker at my service could be scrambling for things to say, I made the conscious decision to live with purpose and start building my legacy (with this blog being one of my first endeavors).
I’m quickly approaching age 25, and while that’s still really young, I’m old enough to realize that we only get one chance at life on this earth. And since we don’t enter the world with expiration dates on our backs, I want to take advantage of every possibility to help others and spread Christ’s love while I’m still here. 1 Peter 1:4 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” [NIV]. Whether it’s singing, speaking, or helping others, we need to use what God has given us to make something great happen in his name…while we still can. In times of fear and uncertainty, remember what the Lord said to Joshua in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” [NIV]. Understand that he will not give us instruction without equipping us with more than enough grace to get it done. Don’t allow fear to keep you from being a part of something greater.
So I would like to pose the same question that I asked myself to some of you. If you were to die today or tomorrow, what would your eulogy sound like? Would it be full of great works and the lives you’ve touched or would it be bare-boned? If your answer is the latter, what’s holding you back from doing something amazing? What are you so afraid of? Whatever it is, God is bigger and in his perfect love, there is no fear [1 John 4:18, NIV].